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Better to rent car at airport on arrival or later ?

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Better to rent car at airport on arrival or later ?

My husband and I are planning a trip to Scotland in September and will be spending the first three days in Glasgow, then exploring from there and returning to fly out of Glasgow a week later. We want to rent a car for the exploring part but are wondering whether we'd be better off renting a car at the airport for the entire trip or using public transit while in Glasgow, then renting the car from somewhere in the city center, dropping it back off there and taking the bus to the airport ?

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1. Re: Better to rent car at airport on arrival or later ?

Getting straight off a plane in a tired, jet-lagged state and trying to drive on 'the wrong side of the road' is an extremely bad idea - a danger to you and more importantly, to other road users.

It will be quite stressful enough when you hire in a refreshed state, unless you are experienced in UK road conditions - right hand drive car, manual (probably) left hand side of the road, roundabouts, narrow roads and drivers who travel quite a lot faster that the sedate US style of driving.

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2. Re: Better to rent car at airport on arrival or later ?

I don't think it really makes sense rent a car and then park it up for three days. You would also have to park it up. Where are you staying whilst in Glasgow?

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Thanks for your response. We're staying at he Kelvingrove Hotel and the places we plan to visit look to be easily accessible by public transit or foot. Your point about parking a rental for several days is well made. The only advantage we could see was not having to juggle our luggage and schedule to take the bus to/from the airport.

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4. Re: Better to rent car at airport on arrival or later ?

No problems there the 747 bus passes the front door of your hotel en route to the airport, although this is the slower of the 2 airport buses taking about 40 mins and less frequent.

Alternatively a taxi taking 20mins is only around £20.

Agree why spend 3 days renting and expensive street parking that could be spent elsewhere.

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Bless you, Madscotsman 115. This is just the kind of insider info we needed!

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Your hotel is in a good spot, you are 5 mins. Walk from the Kelvingrove Museum, another couple of mins to the University and another couple of mins from there to the trendy West End.

Alternatively a 10-15min walk in the other direction and you are in the City Centre.

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AS MS said, taxi will be circa £20. For the convenience and speed I'd go for that. Will be about half the cost one one days car rental.

By the way if you like Indian Food then try Mother India close to your hotel. Excellent.

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8. Re: Better to rent car at airport on arrival or later ?

Good point, Charlemaine. As novice travelers, we're still sorting this out and appreciate other's practical hints.

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9. Re: Better to rent car at airport on arrival or later ?

Another vote for hiring the car after you're finished in Glasgow - you won't need one to get about, and as others have said you'll just be forking out extra hire charges and parking charges if you pick it up when you arrive. If you're worried about the hassle of getting to your hotel, get a taxi - not *too* expensive and reasonably quick (about 20 mins?)

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